AAA: Rochester Red Wings 5, Charlotte Knights 3
The Red Wings offense came to play yesterday, with 3B James Beresford leading the way, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The red hot RF Eddie Rosario went 3-for-4 and was 8-for-13 in the series overall.
CF Byron Buxton led off the game with a walk, and later scored on a SS Jorge Polanco sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, Buxton was 0-for-4 in the game, ending his hitting streak at seven games.
Old friend SP Andrew Albers started the game for the Red Wings, and had an okay outing. Albers lasted 5 innings, giving up two earned runs on eight hits. He struggled with his command in the second inning, giving up a single and two straight walks to fill the bases. Somehow, he got out of the jam unharmed.
The Red Wings' bullpen had a strong game. J.T. Chargois pitched the 8th inning, giving up no hits and one walk, and Alex Wimmers pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn the save.
AA: Tennessee Smokies 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 1
Not a good day for the Lookouts, who only managed four hits all game.
Smokies SP Brad Markey confused the Lookout lineup, taking a no-hitter into the 5th inning. 2B Ryan Walker eventually managed an RBI single off Markey in the 5th to drive in the Lookouts' only run of the game.
On the flip side, Lookouts SP Omar Bencomo did not a super great outing, giving up three earned runs on eight hits over six innings. Smokies 1B Bijan Rademacher and DH Cael Brockmeyer each tagged Bencomo for a solo dinger.
High A: Charlotte Stone Crabs 5, Ft. Myers Miracle 1
The Miracle lineup was confused by Stones Crabs SP Yonny Chirinos, who took a shutout into the 7th inning (I'm sensing a theme here). The Miracle was able to spoil Chirinos shutout bid in the 7th when 1B Alex Real scored on a RBI ground-out by 2B Logan Wade. That, however, would be the Miracle's only run of the game.
Pitching prospect Kohl Stewart started the game for the Miracle. Stewart allowed 3 earned runs off eight hits over six innings. He walked one and struck-out three.
Stewart was not helped by the Miracle defense. C Brian Olson recorded a throwing error in the 2nd inning that led to the Crabs' first run. SS Engelb Vielma also had two errors that contributed to a Crabs' run, and Real added a throwing error of his own as well.
Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8
In a remarkably Twins-y effort, the Kernels where able to overcome an early six-run deficit to win the game on a 9th inning walk-off error. Way to go, boys.
The Rattlers scored their first run in the 3rd inning off an RBI single by Luis Aviles (a guy I am sensing I do not like). They plopped on three more runs in the 5th and two in the sixth.
The Kernels finally answered in the bottom of the 6th. RF Brad Hartong and C Kevin Garcia drove in three runs on RBI singles, and an error by Rattlers SS Isan Diaz allowed another run to bring the score to 6-4.
The Kernels were ahead 8-7 going into the 9th inning, but RP Michael Theofanopoulos (bless you) blew the save to tie the game 8-8. Luckily, Rattlers RP Miguel Diaz was even worse. After hitting a single in the bottom of the 9th, Hartong reached third off two straight wild pitches by Miguel. 3B Sean Miller subsequently hit a ground ball that was bobbled again by Rattlers SS Isan Diaz, allowing Hartong to score the winning run.